Elections: Mortágua in Odemira says that linking immigration to insecurity “is a lie”

Former prime minister and former PSD leader Pedro Passos Coelho participated on Monday, in Faro, at an AD rally

BE coordinator Mariana Mortágua today considered the association between immigration and insecurity made by Passos Coelho to be «utter nonsense», arguing that this idea is a «lie contradicted by all the facts».

BE's agenda for the third day of the campaign was already scheduled before the entry of former PSD leader, Passos Coelho, into the AD campaign, but the visit to a school in São Teotónio, Odemira, Beja, in which more than 40% of the 400 students were not born in Portugal and where two dozen languages ​​are spoken, Mariana Mortágua was able to criticize the former prime minister's statements on immigration and insecurity.

«It's complete nonsense», the BE leader began by responding to journalists.

According to Mariana Mortágua, «the idea that there is a security problem associated with immigration is a lie, it is contradicted by all the facts».

«What we have to tell the country is that, for the economy to function, for Social Security to function, for pensions to be paid, Portugal has a duty to welcome people who seek it and has a duty to welcome people people who seek in the name of those people who want a better life, but in the name of the people who already lived here and who also have the right to live in this peaceful, peaceful, tolerant society, capable of integrating everyone», he defended.

Former prime minister and former PSD leader Pedro Passos Coelho participated on Monday, in Faro, at an AD rally, accusing the PS of having increased insecurity in the country, which it associated with immigration.

Passos recalled in his speech a statement he made in 2016, at the Festa do Pontal, in the Algarve, when he led the Social Democrats in opposition: «we need to have a country open to immigration, but be careful, we also need to have a safe country ».

«At the time, the Government turned a deaf ear to this, and in fact today people feel insecurity as a result of the lack of investment and priority given to these matters. It's not a coincidence», maintained the former president of the PSD.

Giving the example of the school she visited several times as a model of integration, Mariana Mortágua insisted that Passos Coelho's idea “has no justification nor is it based on facts”, admitting that there are challenges in this process.

«When immigrants arrive and they arrive because there is work, because the economy needs immigrants, these immigrants obviously increase the population and put pressure on public services, on schools, on health centers, on the departments of the various public services », he described.

The BE leader's solution is to increase «the response of public services and provide an adequate response», considering that «there are two ways of looking at immigration», «one good and the other bad».

«The good thing is to regularize, provide conditions, welcome, create public services for those who are here and for those who come. The bad thing is to close the doors of regular emigration and open the doors of clandestine immigration mafias, immigration without rights, immigration in containers,” he said, recovering his speech from the day before at a rally in Évora, also in Alentejo.

Mariana Mortágua said she wanted to «build a better, more supportive, fairer country, in which everyone can live».

«This was not what the Portuguese were looking for when they left for a better life», he questioned.

Asked whether Passos Coelho's speech could mean a rapprochement with Chega, the BE leader stated that she had already heard "everything and the opposite from the PSD".

«We know that no one wants to sit or no one says they want to sit with André Ventura and this was very clear in the debates. We also know that the PSD is flirting with these ideas and raising fears, particularly about immigration, that they are irresponsible, that they are false, that they have no contact with reality or facts», he criticized.

For the bloc leader, «Portugal is something else».

«Portugal is a country of hope, it is a country of solidarity, it is a country of justice that wants a better life for everyone who lives here. A good life for everyone who lives», he defended.